Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Joseph Leyendecker was at the top of the illustration profession in the early 20th century. He was an inspiration to a young Norman Rockwell; but today he has been mostly forgotten. His solid, angular, and crisp figure construction and distinctively mannered paint application are still a marvel to study.

Leyendecker produced a great run of New Year's Baby covers for the Saturday Evening Post. One hundred years ago, powered human flight was a new, cutting edge, exciting technology. Today there is a lot of focus on the low-tech terrorist techniques of blowing-up airplanes. I hope that the New Year will again make flight safe for all babies, even those of us with many layers of age - hiding the child within.

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